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Western Maryland Appoints Interim Executive Director

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As of June 9, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR) unanimously voted to appoint Wesley Heinz to the position of interim executive director while Mr. John Garner, current director, was granted a 60-day sabbatical to address health and family concerns. Mr. Heinz comes to WMSR with extensive experience and…

Celebrating No. 734’s 105th Birthday

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No. 734 recently turned 105 years old! While it has become a much-loved icon on the Western Maryland Scenic, no. 734 is not actually an authentic Western Maryland steam locomotive.

No. 734 was built as part of an order of large 2-8-0’s for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming (LS&I) Railroad of Marquette, Michigan. Built as the…

Western Maryland Scenic 2021 Excursion Plans

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In March of 2020, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad shuttered operations as the world was shaken by the far-reaching global impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are now thrilled to announce that, at long last, we are re-opening our doors to the public once more! As we progress through the 2021 season we will be…

Railroad Maintenance Partnership Announced

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One of the most vital aspects of any organization is community involvement and partnership. Since its inception, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has been operating between Cumberland and Frostburg over trackage owned by Allegany County. The railroad has been responsible for maintaining this trackage, with a yearly allocation of funding. Despite this, many of the…

Planning for 2021

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Due to COVID-19 we were forced to shutter operations and lay off much of our staff in March of 2020, resulting in a major loss of operating revenue. With limited paid staff and a small group of dedicated volunteers, we are making steady progress daily to reopen and completely reinvent the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad….

An Autumn Appeal to Steam the Last Baldwin into the Future!

Dear Volunteers, Members, & Supporters: The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR) continues to fulfill our mission to preserve and operate historic railroad equipment through safe, unique, and educational experiences. In 2019, 35,000 passengers climbed aboard our rolling time machine, whether for a regularly scheduled excursion or one of our signature events. In 2020 we were…

The Western Maryland Scenic to Revisit Operations in 2021

CUMBERLAND, MD- ​COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on Allegany County’s most visual, audible, and ground-shaking community drivers: The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR). Like many businesses in the region, the Western Maryland has endured an abrupt shutdown and subsequent restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the railroad studied how guidelines and precautions could be…

Two Great Ways to Support 1309!

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We’re pleased to announce two great ways to support the ongoing work to restore 1309! Our brand new online gift store is now offering 1309 Merchandise, including an attractive 1309 hat and mug! Click here to start shopping. Starting August 1st, all donations of $100 or more will be entered to win a chance to…

End of a journey – and the start of another

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Sometimes on a long journey, it’s impossible to know just how far you’ve come until you’re almost at the end. And the long adventure of breathing life back into Western Maryland steam locomotive no. 1309 is nearing an important conclusion.